Street art is coming to St Annes seafront – and you can help with its design.
After a £625,000 revamp for the interior of St Annes’ YMCA pool, attention now turns to the exterior and Fylde Council has engaged two nationally-renowned artists to launch a design project involving the whole community.
The first stage, following an award of £12,000 from Arts Council England, is REACH, a call out to the community to help Sophy King and Sarah Jane Richards design new artworks and signposting for the seafront premises.
In addition to a series of set workshops for local schools, a range of drop-in events and activities are planned up to the end of April, including kite-making, mind–mapping, photography, knitting, painting and chalk drawing.
London-born landscape architect and artist Sophy said: “We want to meet lots of people and find out from them what is great, unique and special about Lytham St Annes.
“To do that we will be asking them to join us in making art.
“We will be creating temporary art installations at various locations around St Annes where we can see how working creatively can change the feel and purpose of a space.
“We will be using the participants’ words and ideas to inspire us in our designs. We want people to let us know what they think about what they see every day. They can do that by coming along to one of the events or by joining our Facebook community.”
Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “The whole project is about transformation of place.
“The artists have been asked to create a space, rather than an object, in order to bring a renewed focus to the pool and the area surrounding South Promenade.
“With their combined experience of creating community-led public works of art, Sophy and Sarah Jane are the perfect team to work with the public to generate ideas that will eventually contribute to the artists’ own unique creative responses.”
John Cronin, chief executive of Fylde Coast YMCA, which runs the pool in behalf of owners Fylde Council, said: “The consultation will provide us with new ways of engaging with customers and the wider community.
“This is a unique opportunity that will encourage more people into the centre, sharing their memories of swimming in their local baths, while capturing new ideas and a fresh approach.”
The project is being co-ordinated by Lytham-based Alex O’Toole, who has worked on projects with the Park View 4U community group and details are available at www.facebook.com/reachartproject and www.reachartproject2014.wordpress.com